Exchange in Australia
My host family had for a while ago told me that they had a surprise for me in the Easter holidays and it was a trip to Cairns! I really looked forward to it as I have heard that Cairns is such a beautiful place. We left saturday the 15th of april for a 5 day trip. The flight to Cairns took around 2-3 hours and when we arrived I could already feel that the climate was way different than it is in Sydney. It felt warmer and really tropical. We had rented a car we picked up and on our way to the resort we were staying at we made a quick stop to Coles, and Australian supermarket.
We drove into the city of Cairns as we were living in a town called Palm springs around 30 min away from Cairns. There wasn’t heaps to see in Cairns, there was an esplanade with lots of small shops and this public pool with the fish that represents the city. For lunch we had sushi and after we did some shopping. Later on we went to this old train station were we did a small bush walk. We got fish ‘n chips for dinner.
This was the most exciting day out of all of them, because we were going to The Great Barrier Reef. We needed to wake up early in the morning to drive into Cairns harbor where we were departing. It was a bit stressful because I was so desperate to find a shop where I could hire a GoPro camera. There was a really long queue in the shop and when it finally was my turn there was no GoPro’s left. Luckily I got this other underwater camera. After we went on this pretty big ship that tool us out to 2 different stop points. As we were sailing I got really sick at first and then I laid down on my back but ended up falling asleep. When we arrived at the first point we got out wetsuits on, snorkeling gear and we were ready to jump in the sea! My biggest wish was to see a turtle and when I didn’t see one I got really disappointed. The reef wasn’t as colorful as I expected but either way I was so happy and grateful. There was plenty of cute fish in the sea and I got to take lots of photos and videos underwater.
After we arrived to the second stop I was a bit lazy and didn’t want to get into the water again, but luckily I did. Not long after I jumped in I saw my first turtle, I was so excited and kept following it around with my camera. As I was swimming with my host mom we saw a second turtle and again I was determined to follow it. Soon we had lunch on the boat, which was really delicious since we had been swimming heaps and I was really really hungry! We did some sunbathing on the top of the deck while we were heading towards Cairns harbor.
This day we almost didn’t leave the resort at all since we were all super tired from our big day yesterday. I got to be at the pool all day which was absolute stunning, and for the afternoon we had a quick trip to K-mart and saw the movie ‘finding Dory’.
It was our last day here in Cairns and we were going to Daintree rainforest for a bush walk. The forest was really pretty and I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of small waterfalls and really tall and old trees. For dinner we had made a reservation at this restaurant near where we were staying and I had a really delicious seafood spaghetti.
We headed back to Sydney where we picked Klara (danish exchange student) up from the airport, and we all went back home to my house in Jordan Springs.